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Editorial

Bangladesh higher on HDI

Cheery progress on gender index

BANGLADESH has moved up on  Human Development  Index by a notch placing  at 142nd among 187 countries  in the UNDP's Human Development Report,2014. Bettering  last year's  record by one step  though modest is significant in many ways For, in spite of  turbulent politics  our people could  pull off a sustained, even improving  trend in  human development indicators. In other words , they could do even better given reasonably stable  politics.

That said, particularly noteworthy is that Bangladesh  is in the bracket of 18 countries having showed extraordinary progress in human development. The country 's track record of 'inclusive development' puts it ahead of India,   Pakistan and Nepal. In the newly introduced Gender Development Index Bangladesh is placed at 107th, well ahead of India  at 132nd and Pakistan at !45th positions respectively.  But Sri Lanka tops in th gender development category in South Asia.

Two factors contributed to Bangladesh's  better showing. The first one is of course the micro-credit revolution  which  created opportunities for self-employment, particularly among women.  With people's income increasing investment in health and education rose .And women are  wiser spenders than men insofar as heath and education go.

The  other contributory  factors are said to be government's  role in extending social safety net and food security measures .Simultaneously , its efforts in health and education sectors  have had some uplifting effect ,the ERD secretary  pointed out.

Published: 12:00 am Friday, August 01, 2014

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